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Challenge Catalytic Conversion of Lactic Acid to Acrylic Acid
Catalytic Conversion of Lactic Acid to Acrylic Acid
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 230
Posted: Dec 23 2010
Challenge ID: 9932606
 
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Abstract
The Seeker desires a method (preferably one-pot, but two-step is also acceptable) for the catalytic conversion of lactic acid (or its readily accessible derivatives) to acrylic acid. The ultimate goal of this project is to develop an environmentally friendly route to produce acrylic acid (currently produced from fossil fuels) from a renewable resource (lactic acid). This Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Overview

The Seeker desires a method (preferably one-pot, but two-step is also acceptable) for the catalytic conversion of lactic acid (or its readily accessible derivatives) to acrylic acid. The ultimate goal of this project is to develop an environmentally friendly route to produce acrylic acid (currently produced from fossil fuels) from a renewable resource (lactic acid).

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted.  The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution.  However, the Seeker will be willing to consider a licensing agreement for a partial award if exclusive IP cannot be transferred by the Solver.

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This Challenge is a Theoretical-IP Transfer Challenge, meaning that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. By contrast, Theoretical-Licensing means that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. For these forms of a Theoretical Challenge, Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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